Thomas Percy (Bishop of Dromore)

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Thomas Percy (13 April 172930 September 1811) was a bishop and magazine editor. His Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) was the first of the great ballad collections, though he may have written some of it himself based on ballad fragments.


  • Over the mountains,
    And over the waves,
    Over the fountains,
    And under the graves;
    Over the floods that are deepest,
    Which do Neptune obey;
    Over the rocks that are steepest,
    Love will find out the way.
    • "Love Will Find Out the Way"; in its published form this is suspected to have been extensively written by Percy himself; it was later used by Pierre de Beaumarchais in Act III of The Marriage of Figaro (1778).